I’m Hollie, a full-time endurance athlete, adventurer and graphic designer. Ok, so graphic design is my day job. But I'm always thinking about adventures, which if you ask me, qualifies me as a full-time adventurer.
Growing up in rural Mid-Canterbury, New Zealand I spent my childhood outside exploring the mountains and rivers. An Outward Bound experience at the age of 28 led me to set a simple goal; complete one thing each year that challenged me.
Roll on five years. I’ve ticked off NZ's iconic Coast to Coast (1-Day, 2-Day and Tandem). I’ve run 260km through the Sahara Desert in Morocco and 240km through the Amazon Jungle in Peru. And my latest mission? Well, nordic skiing across the Greenland ice cap. It involved walking 560km, nine hours a day for 29 days while pulling a 60kg sledge. It was incredible, extremely challenging, but incredible!
So in brief, that's me. If you want to know more, drop me a line. H x
Naturally a shy person, put an audience in front of me, a microphone in my hand and ask me to share my adventures with the aim of inspiring others, and something changes.
I have spoken at AGM’s, corporate functions, schools, festivals including BNZ, Christchurch Word Festival, St Andrew's College and the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
Topics include motivation, resilience, adventure, self-belief and most importantly, the power of ‘Do vs Dream’.
"Recently back from her Greenland Ice Cap crossing, Hollie spoke to our group about the fortitude and persistence it takes to face a monumental challenge.
With amazing photographs of the journey providing a backdrop, Hollie delivered her message that no matter the aspiration, we all should get out there and do it, not just dream about it."
Catherine Boyer, Ben Gough Family Foundation
Lately with Karen Hay - Radio National (Fast forward to 23:45)
Christchurch adventurer takes on Greenland: Wendyl Nissen - Radio Live (Scroll down)
Icy Adventure Awaits – stufff.co.nz
Women Who Sparkle: Hollie Woodhouse - Hillberg & Berk
Rhinos and Running – Ponsonby News Jan/Feb 2016 – George Berry
I contribute tales from my adventure to a wide array of both online and print publications. To commission a piece, or let me pitch you some ideas, please get in touch!
Examples of my writing: